Sheffield United kick off new era for rivals Worksop Town

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SHEFFIELD United travel to Worksop Town tonight and at least it’s in Worksop - in recent seasons they could have been heading off anywhere but to the Nottinghamshire town.

The Tigers are back at their former Sandy Lane ground after three years in exile following a dispute with a previous owner.

They played their Evo-Stik League games last season at Retford. The season before they were at Ilkeston and the one before that - the first one after being ‘kicked off’ - they were at Heanor Town.

Now, thanks to Sheffield businessman Peter Whitehead, Worksop are back home again.

Whitehead, chief executive of Windsor Food Service, handed the club a lifeline after achieving his ambition to have his own ground.

He has his own team - Sheffield’s Parramore Sports who, last season, finished as champions of the Central Midlands League’s Supreme Division and will be in the Northern Counties East League this coming season.

They will play at Sandy Lane - and be known as Worksop Parramore - and Whitehead extended a friendship hand by inviting Worksop Town to come back and play there too.

“I am a football person, I’ve been involved in the game as a player and a manager for a very long time and only want what is best for everyone,” he said.

So, it will be a significant moment for Worksop and their followers when the Tigers and the Blades walk out tonight.

Managed by former Rotherham United defender Martin Mcintosh, Town finished midway in the Premier Division of the Evo-Stik last season.

Blades boss Danny Wilson is expected to add one or two more experienced players to the youthful squad that played its first friendly on Saturday at Sheffield FC who are a division below Worksop.

n Former Blades midfielder Michael Brown has joined Leeds United from Portsmouth.